Fire Emblem Three Houses Releasing This July

As initially stated when it was announced yesterday, today’s Nintendo Direct certainly offered a fair more information regarding the next instalment in the Fire Emblem series — Fire Emblem Three Houses — and the first to release on console since 2007’s Radiant Dawn all the way back on the Wii. And while plot details were kept to a minimum, we did get a bit more of an overview as to the setting for this year’s game. Three Houses is set this time in the fictional continent of Fodlan where three co-existing powers reside: the Adrestian Empire, the Kingdom of Faerghus and the Leicester Alliance. Slap-bang in the middle of all of this is Garreg Mach, which is where both the game’s hub and the player-character — once more an avatar — come into play.

At Garreg Mach Monestary and its nearby academy, players take on the role of a professor. After choosing one of the three houses to focus on, your role is to train and battle alongside the many students and characters affiliated with that house across the continent. This of course is where the series-staple, turn-based strategy comes into play. It’s unclear whether or not these assignments eventually weave into some form of narrative or story, or if Three Houses is indeed going for something less thematic than previous entries in the series, but outside of battles, such things like support conversations make a return. Though the game was originally slated to release sometime this Spring, Nintendo have confirmed that the game would suffer a slight delay — offering us a more specific date as a result, of July 26. Check out the below trailer for a more detailed look at how Three Houses is shaping up.